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Fine, here’s the “Top Gun 2” trailer

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There are more important things worth writing about today, but…

No, there aren’t. One of the most iconically cheesy movies of the 1980s has finally gotten its sequel, with the most famous movie star in the world reprising his lead role. There’s nothing more important. It’s the biggest news out there.

Trump should have premiered this in the Oval Office, for fark’s sake.

In case you’re not keeping track, Hollywood is in the process of reviving every hit action film of the decade when Trump first made his mark on America’s consciousness. The new “Top Gun” is here. We’re getting a new “Rambo” soon. The next “Terminator” arrives this fall. There’s even a revival of “The Karate Kid” on YouTube, which, although technically not an action movie, is sewn into the same patch of the American cultural quilt. All of which raises a pressing question:

When we will finally check in on Det. John McClane and see what he’s up to in this golden age of making America great again?

Oh, right. We’re getting a new “Die Hard” soon too.

Makes sense. We have a president who got elected by convincing older right-wingers that he’d restore the America they remember so fondly. Naturally Hollywood noticed and is cashing in by restoring the American movies they remember fondly too, replete with the same aging stars. We are but memberberries clustered together on a vine, croaking at each other, “‘Member how much everyone liked ‘Top Gun’ even though in hindsight it’s so hokey that it can only be enjoyed with so-bad-it’s-good ironic distance?”

Looks like this one will be pure fan service, as these movies tend to be, right down to revisiting the beach volleyball scene. Can Maverick fly an F-15 with a broken hip? We’ll see.

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Rubio: I’m not going to leap to denounce Trump just because hypocritical progressive bullies like the Squad demand it

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A highly effective mini-rant here, although given Rubio’s differences with Trump it’s hard to know how much of it is from the heart and how much is a political calculation.

Is he on the level? Maybe, sure. Republican presidential candidates *do* always end up being attacked as racist whether they deserve it or not, just like he says. He’s also undeniably right that the media holds Republicans to a different standard than Democrats in demanding that they answer for the political sins of others on their side. I made that point myself a few days ago about the Antifa nut’s attack on an ICE facility in Washington. If a right-wing rando threw molotov cocktails at a government building, every Republican in Congress would be called upon to denounce it. Meanwhile, it took days for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to even be asked the obvious question of whether her “concentration camp” rhetoric is maybe egging on wackjobs to take up arms against immigration officials. And it took a right-wing outlet to ask that question.

He’s sort of right too about Democrats scrambling to condemn Trump for his tweets about the Squad with an official resolution but giving Ilhan Omar a pass when she accused AIPAC and its “Benjamins” of dominating U.S. policy on Israel. I say “sort of” because Pelosi did issue a statement of her own denouncing that, and the House did eventually pass a resolution condemning anti-semitism after Omar’s “dual loyalty” comments about American supporters of Israel — but without mentioning Omar by name, thanks to a progressive revolt on her behalf within the caucus. Trump didn’t get that same break about his love-it-or-leave-it tweets.

And of course he’s right as can be about Democrats finding various things about immigration policy objectionable now when they didn’t find them objectionable in 2014. And about the fact that the Squad is a bunch of JV demagogues prone to racial McCarthyism to shield themselves from criticism.

Marco ate his Wheaties here. But he’s also the guy who said this a few days before Super Tuesday 2016, when Trump finished him off in Florida. Watch for five minutes from where I’ve cued it up:

Rubio’s entire message about Trump during the primaries was that he was a fundamentally different and more sinister political animal than American presidential contests are used to. That clip is the most memorable single statement he made about it but he reiterated the point plenty of times in other contexts. Trump is a demagogue who’s prone to incitement, he said. We can’t have a figure that divisive in the White House. It’ll poison the country’s political culture. “If we’re the party of fear, with a candidate who basically is trying to prey upon people’s fears to get them to vote for them,” he said a few days after this clip in 2016, “I think we’re going to pay a big price in November and beyond.” He was wrong about paying a price that November but the jury’s out on the “beyond” part. The point is that his belief that political leaders have a duty to bring people together was a core part of his campaign, really the source of his visceral objection to Trump. And now here we are a few days removed from Trump’s “go back where you came from” tweets aimed at a group of minority congresswomen, and instead of doing an “I told you so” video, Rubio’s complaining that…

…Trump’s not that much different from Mitt Romney or John McCain. And certainly no worse than the Squad, never mind the presidency’s singular role in the culture.

That’s some reversal. Maybe Marco’s changed his mind? Or maybe he’s decided there’s no national future for him if he tells Republicans, correctly, “I told you so.” If you want a national future in 2019, you cut an anti-anti-Trump clip like the one up top and warn the media that you’ll no longer dignify further questions about the slow cultural poisoning that’s happening around you with an answer. Anthony Scaramucci called Trump’s tweets about the Squad racist and got himself disinvited from the Florida Republican Party’s next fundraiser. I bet Rubio’s still invited.

What we’re seeing here, I think, is a man who’s not yet ready to let go of his presidential dream but who’ll also never be comfortable shilling for Trump with the enthusiasm required to truly ingratiate himself to populists, a la Lindsey Graham. It’s why Rubio always seems to have a lump in his throat when talking about the president. Even his attempts to reconcile his own ideology with Trump’s seem half-hearted:

That’s not “authentic” American nationalism, buddy. Authentic American nationalism is a crowd of people hooting “send her back” at a Muslim refugee who became a U.S. citizen and then a member of Congress because they don’t like her politics. Authentic nationalism is tribalism in patriotic finery, the opposite of the sort of pluralism Rubio believes in. But then, he’s tried to square this circle before. It wasn’t convincing then and it isn’t convincing now and it won’t be convincing in the future, but there’s little alternative. For now. Once Trump’s finally out of office, if the political climate allows it, he’ll be at the front of the “I never liked him” parade.

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“Defensive action”: We took down an Iranian drone, says Trump

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This isn’t Trump in boastful rally mode, spiking the football after a show of American military strength. This is Trump sounding subdued because he knows that incidents like this might draw a response that will change the course of his presidency in an instant. He doesn’t want war — he’s made that clear and there’s every reason to think he’s telling the truth.

But Iran gets a say too.

Better hurry up with that diplomacy.

CNN is reporting that the drone was taken down via electronic jamming, not explosives. As I write this, Iran is claiming that it has no information about one of its drones being missing. Normally we’d expect that: Why would they want to cop to the embarrassment of having had one of their assets blown out of the sky by the Great Satan? In this case, though, a takedown may have been the outcome Iran wanted. They know that Trump is leery of military confrontation; they also know that he doesn’t trust his own hawkish advisors, a fact made clear yet again just this week with news that he’s sending dovish senator Rand Paul to talk to their foreign minister. He’s desperate for talks because he understands, rightly, that the “maximum pressure” strategy he’s pursuing against Tehran has raised tensions to the point where war is more likely than it would be if the two sides were at the table. Sending a drone (possibly an armed drone) to buzz a U.S. ship might have been their way of poking Trump, reminding him that shooting could begin — deliberately or accidentally — at any moment if he doesn’t cave to their demands and ease sanctions as a precondition to talks.

And broadcasting the fact that the drone had been taken down would also allow Iran to play the victim. Another case of American “aggression” in the Strait of Hormuz! But they’re denying it, at least as of 6:15 p.m. ET. Hmmm.

Did this also have something to do with the drone fly-by, maybe?

Adding to the economic pressure on Tehran, the Treasury Department said Thursday it was imposing sanctions on what it called a network of front companies and agents involved in helping Iran buy sensitive materials for its nuclear program. It said the targeted individuals and entities are based in Iran, China and Belgium.

Maybe Iranian leaders heard about the new sanctions and ordered a minor military incident to show Trump that this ends only one way if he doesn’t start cranking the sanctions ratchet in the opposite direction pronto.

Time for some outreach, Rand Paul style! Hawks are unenthused and pessimistic, as you might imagine:

Before Paul gets carried away with optimism, he would do well to study a former colleague’s experience with the Iranian foreign minister. In 2015, former Senator and then-Secretary of State John Kerry said that [Iranian foreign minister Javad] Zarif had assured him that he was empowered to negotiate with the U.S. on regional issues like Syria following the nuclear deal. But that promise was empty. Iran ended up working out an arrangement with Russia to escalate the war on behalf of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

More recently, Zarif has suggested that Iran would be open to negotiations over its missile program. The 2015 nuclear deal loosened UN Security Council restrictions on Iran’s missile testing. This week, Zarif backtracked from those comments.

For a real stemwinder about Paul’s role in negotiating with Iran, enjoy the snippet below via the Free Beacon of Mark Levin wondering, among other things, “Will Rand Paul be representing us or the Iranian regime?” Hoo boy. An irony about Trump’s rant at last night’s rally about Ilhan Omar that was overlooked in the hubbub over the “send her back” chanting is that he led off his criticism by saying, “Representative Omar blamed the United States for the terrorist attacks on our country, saying that terrorism is a reaction to our involvement in our people’s affairs.” Er, yeah — that’s the “blowback theory” of jihadism, well known to right-wingers thanks to Rand’s dad, Ron Paul. They’re over here knocking down our skyscrapers, said Ron, because we’re over there sporadically bombing people. We were asking for it. Rand himself was (is?) a proponent of “blowback,” at least until he became a senator with national ambitions. BuzzFeed traced his evolution in a story a few years ago: “Is it possible that decades of arguably far more intrusive behavior by the United States in Islamic nations has also had an effect on those populations, encouraging and increasing the threat of Islamic terrorism?” he once wrote. Trump is knocking Omar for pushing that idea on the one hand — and deputizing Rand Paul as his envoy to the mullahs on the other. “Rand Paul pretty much shares their foreign policy,” said Levin today of Omar and Bernie Sanders, not altogether unfairly. Does POTUS object to the “blowback” theory or isn’t he?

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Mark Sanford presidential campaign ad(?): We have a fiscal crisis whether we want to admit it or not

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LOL at this guy trying to win righties over with something other than brute lib-triggering.

Although, even by the degraded modern Republican cardinal rule of “we’re for whatever the left is against,” you would think it’d be easier to maintain GOP interest in shrinking government. By one estimate the Green New Deal will cost $93 trillion, no typo. It’s no exaggeration to say that AOC and the Squad think the national debt should be waaaaaay bigger than it already is. They also think the problem of not being able to pay for federal programs can be solved by, ahem, simply printing more money. “Slash spending, reform entitlements” is the most obvious way to own the libs.

But it turns out the subject of debt and deficits is the one exception to the cardinal rule. Perfect.

Here’s Mark Sanford, who lost his congressional primary last year for the right-wing heresy of not thinking much of Trump, announcing that … actually, it’s not clear what he’s announcing. He’s considering a primary challenge to POTUS, but he’s also seriously considering passing on electoral politics and launching an “advocacy organization.” In fact, this is the first ad I’ve ever seen in which an apparent candidate for high office makes clear right in the ad that he may *not* end up running after all. He might go off and found “Nerds for Tax Cuts” or whatever instead.

Maybe wait a week until you’ve made up your mind before cutting the ad, eh, Mark?

I like him but he’s one weird dude. Always has been, and not just for his infamous “hiking of the Appalachian Trail.”

He was on “The View” today as well — another move typical of a presidential candidate, not a think-tank founder — and naturally was asked about the topic du jour. That clip is interesting because it shows Sanford grappling with his biggest challenge if he ends up primarying Trump: How does he resist getting sucked into talking about the daily Trump controversy and away from what he really wants to be talking about, spending? You can see an early example of that here, with the hosts pressuring him to call Trump’s tweets about the Squad racist and Sanford obliging them but also making a point of noting that they’re playing Trump’s game by focusing on it. America’s political class can’t go chasing every shiny object he tosses at them, he scolds. Uh, Mark, m’man, I have bad news. We can and we will.

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Joy Behar: Why can’t Trump be brought up on charges of hate speech for last night’s rally?

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Actual quote: “Why can’t he be sued by the ACLU for hate speech? I don’t get it.”

Must everything be so stupid all the time?

Why can’t it be stupid only 90 percent of the time?

As you likely know and Joy clearly does not, there’s no such thing as “hate speech” in American law. There is in Europe, and of course there are laws against hate crimes here. But, thank god, our lousy government hasn’t yet gotten around to trying to criminalize hateful words. I’m not sure how that would have worked for last night’s rally even if it did. Trump didn’t try to stop the “send her back” chant — and why would he, since it was a logical progression from his love-it-or-leave-it tweets about the Squad last weekend? — but he never joined in. Maybe he will at the next rally.

What she’s getting at here, I think, is incitement, not “hate speech.” You can be prosecuted for inciting a crowd but only in the narrowest circumstances, if you’re trying to cause violence and if violence is likely to result *imminently.* God only knows what Trump’s intentions are with the “go back where you came from” talk but there was no risk of imminent violence against Ilhan Omar from the crowd. Even the chant, as ugly as it was, wasn’t violent. They wanted her deported, not harmed. Again, we’ll see how that develops at the next rally.

Don’t be too hard on ol’ Joy, though. A majority of her party (and a large minority of Republicans) thinks criminalizing hate speech is a swell idea. You can see why she might be confused. And although it may seem absurd to imagine the ACLU suing someone for hate speech rather than defending them from such a lawsuit on First Amendment grounds, it’s less absurd than it used to be now that the organization has gone fully woke.

Here’s a longer clip from today’s show on the rally, with Meghan McCain making the point that attacking an obnoxious pol like Omar on obnoxious love-it-or-leave-it grounds is stupid strategically since it divides righties and draws attention away from her radicalism and onto Trump’s demagoguery. Whoopi also notes at one point, correctly, that an average person who told a colleague at work to “go back where you came from” might be in legal trouble; that’s textbook unlawful workplace harassment according to the EEOC handbook. If the Mueller investigation taught us anything, though, it’s that the rules are different for presidents. They can’t be indicted for obstruction of justice. And, I guess, they can tell you with impunity to go back where you came from, even if where you came from is the same American city he did.

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Trump: I wasn’t happy with the “send her back” chant

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Good news: It’s okay for Trumpers to say they didn’t like the chant now.

Is it true that he started “speaking very quickly” to try to cut the crowd off? It is not:

But whatever. He’s telling people to knock it off now and that’s all to the good. Credit to him. But until the next rally, the jury will remain out on whether he’s sincere. The chant will inevitably start again once he begins riffing on Omar; what will he say? Will he tell them in earnest to knock it off, that they’re crossing a line, or will he do that jokey scolding he tends to do when he wants the crowd to know that he agrees with them but has to pretend otherwise for appearances’ sake? “Now, now,” he’ll say with a grin, “that’s *terrible.* The fake news would even call it deplorable.”

Also, what prompted this surprising rebuke of his own fans? Sincere remorse, or something else?

Politico heard the same thing about Republican consternation over the chanting at this morning’s meeting, per Ed’s last post. Walker, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House and a solid conservative, offered this publicly on Twitter last night:

Maybe POTUS had his arm twisted or maybe he sincerely regretted the “send her back” hooting even though it’s cheek-by-jowl with his own love-it-or-leave-it message from this past weekend. Either way, note that this isn’t the first time he’s publicly criticized his fans over a chant: I had no memory of it but Aaron Blake is right that Trump initially pushed back on the “lock her up” chanting about Hillary when it first began in July 2016. He called it “a shame” at the time, emphasizing that he “didn’t like” it — just as he did today with the “send her back” chant:

Within days, as the chanting persisted, he was telling audiences, “I’ve been saying let’s just beat her on November 8th. But you know what, I’m starting to agree with you.” He’s not a guy inclined to resist the most demagogic urges of a crowd.

Odds are, there’ll be official “Send Her Back” MAGA hats on sale outside his rallies by fall.

In lieu of an exit question, here’s Ilhan Omar pissin’ a little more gasoline onto the political fire.

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Trump rally crowd chants “send her back” about Ilhan Omar

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Pure mobbish garbage, destined to become a staple at future rallies a la “lock her up!” now that Trump’s given it his tacit approval, standing there in silence and drinking it in. The beating he’s taken from critics this morning will encourage it too. Because the right has shed nearly all ideological content apart from negative partisanship, the mere fact of Democratic condemnation will be treated as reason enough to keep this going. Part of that is due to simple bratty spite but partly too it’s a function of the morally vacuous belief that “If the left says X is bad, X should be embraced.” That rule applies even when it comes to demagogic chanting about deporting a black Muslim refugee turned American citizen because her politics suck.

There was endless commentary about this among the chatterati last night on political Twitter but the basic points kept recurring, and all were true enough.

1. This will get worse. Taking on the Squad in barely veiled racial terms (“go back where you came from”) is a conscious strategy Trump is pursuing. He wants to raise their profiles nationally and make them the face of the party in the leadership vacuum that’s momentarily been created by the Democratic presidential primaries. If we’re already at the “send her back” stage in July 2019, God knows where we’ll be in July 2020. Especially if Kamala Harris is the nominee.

In fact, in a way, it’s already gotten worse:

If you think about it, the chant was more wretched even than Trump’s own despicable attacks against Omar and her cohorts [in his tweets]. At least Trump was merely urging Omar and her colleagues to leave of their own accord. The North Carolina crowd sounded thirsty for them to be thrown onto a trans-Atlantic barge in a sack.

We’ve gone from “you’re free to leave if you don’t like it here” to “send her back” in the span of five days. Where do we go five days from now?

2. Related to point 1, this will get dangerous. This tweet got my attention, partly for the content and partly because of the source. Ryan Saavedra works for Ben Shapiro’s “Daily Wire” site and has built a following online by curating clips and tweets showcasing the left’s dumbest and/or most obnoxious moments. He’s not a “Paul Ryan Republican,” shall we say. He makes a living giving consumers of righty media outrage fuel. But he watched this last night and was creeped out, because he knows the background:

There was left-wing violence aimed at an ICE facility just a week ago, with at least one prominent progressive activist willing to defend it. Omar, meanwhile, has needed extra security for months thanks to the attention some of her own disgusting comments about Israel and its supporters has received. If Trump can’t be bothered trying to turn down the political heat, you’d think he’d at least try not to turn it up. But no. Trump’s political thermostat moves in only one direction.

3. As David Frum put it, “When this is all over, nobody will admit to ever having supported it.” He’s referring to members of the professional political class there, not Trump’s base, which will happily admit to it. But he’s right about Washington Republicans: To a man or woman, every Trump sycophant in D.C. will begin distancing themselves from trashy demagoguery like this *the minute* he’s out of office. I’m already faint with anticipation at hearing Lindsey Graham explain in 2021 or 2025 how he never really supported Trump.

Whatever, though. The acid test for all right-wing politics nowadays is “Does it trigger the libs?” This triggered them, ergo It Is Good. And of course, it shows that he fights! — like a drunk, flailing and biting, but he fights nonetheless. Ultimately, as Stephen “redsteeze” Miller says, all defenses of Trump boil down to the fact that he won and more genteel Republicans like Romney (but not Dubya?) lost and therefore all Trump tactics are valid and should be supported. “The ends justify the means” is a bedrock righty populist principle now, not just in elections but in most things.

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House Dems grumble to CNN: We’re frustrated that the Squad keeps making trouble for us

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Damn, this thread is enjoyable.

If it’s true that picking a fight with the Squad — at least on “go back to where you came from” grounds — is a political loser for Trump, some members of the Democratic caucus are slow to see it. The grievances here about Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff allegedly organizing primary challenges to some Dem incumbents are real and longstanding too. That was a key complaint in the Dem pile-on of Saikat Chakrabarti this past weekend, which feels like ancient history now because it happened 48 hours before Trump started tweet-ranting “love it or leave it” stuff at Ilhan Omar. But it’s fuel on the fire that’s burning through comity on Pelosi’s side of the aisle.

Trump thinks he’s winning this fight and wasn’t shy about saying so to reporters this afternoon. Note the shot here about Omar possibly having married her brother:

There’s no question that something strange is going on in her marital history. Whether one of the men she was married to is actually her brother remains uncertain, as far as I know, but Trump’s not pulling that out of nowhere.

As for his point about the Dems going left on Israel, it makes me laugh that immediately after smoothing over the big Democratic brawl over AOC’s chief of staff by coming together to rebuke POTUS, Dems are about to have a new fight over the BDS movement thanks to Omar and the Squad. Here she is today making the case that BDS is sort of like the Boston Tea Party in that they’re both nonviolent means of pressuring an occupying power to leave. Which I guess makes the colonial continental army sort of like … Hamas? I don’t know. Cheers to House Democrats as they try to figure that one out.

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Poll: 57% of Republicans agree with Trump’s tweets about the Squad

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We should lead with the Republican numbers since those are the only ones POTUS himself seems interested in. If the conventional wisdom is right that he’s attacking AOC and her friends because that’ll motivate right-wing turnout, and if Trump is right that pushing his own base’s turnout ever higher is the key to victory next year, then the only opinions he should care about with respect to this Squad fracas are Republican opinions.

The good news, then, is that he has a majority of his own party behind him on this, as usual. The bad news is, well, everything else.

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Fifty-seven Republicans agree with him. (It totals 58 there, I know, but that’s because they’re rounding up.) Just 28 percent of Americans overall do, though, while 62 percent disagree — most of them strongly. Among indies the split is a gruesome 19/66. Even the Republican numbers are arguably more of a bad sign for Trump than a good one. A majority say they agree, sure, but POTUS usually enjoys 80-90 percent support from his base. A man who once boasted that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose a vote naturally aims higher than 57 percent of his own party.

Ipsos also asked if the tweets were offensive and un-American:

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The GOP divide on whether the tweets were offensive was a narrow 37/42, which speaks volumes about the extent of the misgivings even on the right. I wonder how many answered yes when asked if the tweets were offensive but then also answered yes when asked if they agreed with them because, darn it, that’s what basic partisanship requires nowadays when you get a hostile pollster.

There’s more evidence in the data of GOPers feeling conflicted about this episode. Asked if people who criticize America are un-American, 52 percent of Republicans at least somewhat agreed — but when asked if it’s patriotic “to point out where America falls short and try to do better,” 68 percent agreed with that too. Seventy percent of Republicans somewhat agreed that people who accuse others of racism “usually” do so in bad faith — but 45 percent, a plurality, agreed that telling minorities to “go back where they came from” is indeed racist. Rarely do you see a poll like this where righties seem to be bouncing from question to question between their felt imperative to show loyalty to Trump and their unease with his message.

Which feels like a bad sign for the grand “ramp up the base” strategy. How jacked is the base going to be to turn out because of episodes like this one if many are conflicted about them? And what about the minor detail that the base wasn’t decisive to Trump’s victory in 2016?

Trump won three years ago because he got his base to show up and because he was the lesser of two evils in most undecideds’ eyes. Like it or not, AOC won’t be the Democratic nominee next year. How does he win the lesser-of-two-evils argument this time if he’s pumping out “go back to Africa” messages which 67 percent of the public — and three-quarters of all women — find offensive?

The tweets were a mistake, probably a minor one which will be forgotten soon enough but not if he keeps doubling down on this message going forward. Maybe he’ll wise up and steer clear butttttt probably not:

It is the kind of fight that the president relishes. He has told aides, in fact, that he is pleased with the Democratic reaction to his attacks, boasting that he is “marrying” the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party to the four congresswomen known as “the squad.”…

Brad Parscale, the Trump campaign manager, has been telling people that it is very hard to persuade voters in the current hyperpartisan political landscape.

Mr. Trump’s re-election strategy, instead, is to solidify his base and increase turnout. A major component of that is to portray his opponents as not merely disliking him and his policies, but also disliking America itself.

If he can make voters think they’re actually electing AOC president by electing the actual Democratic nominee president, maybe this’ll work out for him. He’ll have some help from the Dems themselves on that: Look how many presidential candidates have endorsed the Green New Deal in order to stay on the good side of Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive base. But the nominee will naturally shift towards the center during the general election, and he or she will eventually start enjoying media coverage that dwarfs even AOC’s. The party will also attempt to make the Squad scarce once voters begin paying more attention, precisely in order to deprive Trump of the kindling he’s using them for. Democrats might even end up with a nominee disdained by Ocasio-Cortez herself, as she’s had nothing kind to say about Joe Biden thus far. “Go back to Africa” is the highest of high-stakes bets for Trump to place as a winning presidential message.

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NPR Writer Implores Journalists to Stop Referring to Trump as ‘Racist’ and Simply Report the Facts

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The news cycle recently has been nonstop talk about Trump’s “racist” tweets and the fallout that ensued. A lot of arguing has been going on about what exactly makes them racist, with many of the usual subjects complaining that the Right is defending a “white supremacist” and even many on the Right denouncing the tweet storm as unacceptable.

One NPR opinion writer raised a few hackles when he suggested that those journalists reporting on Trump should refrain from using descriptors like “racist”.

Keith Woods is Vice President of Newsroom Training and Diversity at NPR. After the outlet made a corporate decision to use the term “racist” when describing Trump’s tweets, Woods felt the mandate violated journalistic practice and penned an op ed explaining why he thinks journalists should refrain from using the term.

I understand the moral outrage behind wanting to slap this particular label on this particular president and his many incendiary utterances, but I disagree. Journalism may not have come honorably to the conclusion that dispassionate distance is a virtue. But that’s the fragile line that separates the profession from the rancid, institution-debasing cesspool that is today’s politics.

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